Remco Evenepoel’s flat tire in the final phase of the sixteenth stage in the Vuelta will have made many a fan’s heart beat faster. “I’m glad you don’t lose time if you have a flat tire in the last three kilometers,” said a relieved Evenepoel in the flash interview after stage seventeen, won by Mads Pedersen.
“I had a flat rear tire. Besides, I wasn’t in a good position either. Yesterday we had explored the final with the team and found that the roads were very slippery,” said the general classification leader. ‘To be honest I was quite scared in the last kilometers. As a result, I lost a number of positions. On the steep part I wanted to move up again. But then I crashed. I’m very happy that there is a rule about punctures in the last three kilometers. Otherwise I would have lost a lot of time today’, he laughs.
Evenepoel hopes for the best for Roglic
“I heard Primoz Roglic had crashed. I hope he is okay and that he can continue his race’, continues the Cannibal van Schepdaal. When asked if he had expected Roglic’s attack in the final kilometres, he answers in the affirmative. ‘Actually yes. We all know that Primoz is extremely explosive. A finale like this is truly tailor-made. That makes it extra sour for him that he crashed. You don’t wish a crash on anyone’, said a relieved Evenepoel, who has not lost the lead in the general classification.
“I really hope he’s okay,” Evenepoel refers to the fallen Roglic. The young Belgian says he is completely ready for the last week of the Vuelta. ‘I really needed the rest day, especially because I fell. I had some aches in my muscles, especially on Saturday and Sunday. So that rest day was really welcome’, the young Fleming repeats. “It looks good for the rest of the week,” he concluded.